At Gold Medal Fitness, positive energy does as much work as anyone's muscles to propel group classes. These courses cover the grounded poses of Power Yoga, the barbell lifts of BodyPump, and the festive spins of Zumba with more than 50 sessions per week. Cyclists can even choose between 45-minute spin classes and the more vigorous rides of super spin, which increase the challenge by adding an extra 15 minutes and asking your parents to stop putting a stabilizing hand on your back. Regardless of the discipline, however, instructors motivate their students by carefully balancing the room's camaraderie with a honed focus on every individual.
This personal approach typifies the gym as a whole, where the staff strive to memorize each member's name as they arrange workouts for all fitness levels. A nationally accredited team of personal trainers draws on specialties from boxing to Pilates to back rehabilitation, pushing their clients toward coveted milestones. On the gym floor, an assortment of machinery and free weights, as well as a designated stretching area, bespeaks the same regard for diverse goals—visitors can complete a round of resistance work on the FreeMotion circuit equipment, toss a medicine ball to a partner, or step onto a StairMaster. Other amenities include a childcare station, athletic speed school, HydroMassage, and a juice bar.
Replete with 20 private rooms and nine models of bronzing devices, Tanning Spa welcomes walk-ins in search of a youthful, golden glow. The helpful staff maintains a strict standard of cleanliness, sanitizing each bed after every use and keeping treatment areas tidy. In addition to traditional tanning beds, they offer Norvell spray tans for those looking for a UV-free option, as well as relaxing massages performed by certified bodywork experts trained in Swedish and deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and proper tension demolition and removal.
Drawing from her family's catalog of natural wax recipes, the proprietor of Girl from Ipanema Spa evicts fuzz with homemade waxes designed to play nice with sensitive skin. The spa's aestheticians also rejuvenate visages with facials that rely on either organic ingredients or high-tech methods, as in the photofacial, which skips PPx pulsed light across skin ponds to break up rosacea, sun damage, and other imperfections. Amidst green-tea-hued walls, exfoliating sea salts and essential oils remove dry skin and prepare bodies for airbrush tanning. Visitors can cop a full range of Éminence handmade organic skincare products to continue their bodycare at home or on the giant hamster wheels they've agreed to live on for science.
While many tanning salons offer two or three levels of UV tanning, Body Bronze Tanning kicks it up a notch with seven beds spanning five levels of intensity. Split between traditional and standup models, each unit has unique and innovative features, such as voice-activated controls, air conditioning, and a barbershop quintet that hums relaxing ocean sounds. UV-free spray tans are applied by airbrushing extraordinaire Jessica Bednar, who recently completed her masters spray-tanning certification. Jessica blends custom Norvell solutions before applying them with a continuous flow HVLP wide-point spray gun to create natural-looking color that lasts for up to 10 days.
Sun Kissed Tanning Spa helps clients maintain their glows with tanning beds and custom-applied UV-free spray tans. Additionally, its staff administers spa services including body wraps and Twilight Teeth whitening treatments, which use the UV light of tanning beds to accelerate the whitening process.
Inside Salon M&D’s open and airy space, professionals beautify clients with a range of hair, nail, and skin services. Stylists rejuvenate ’dos with cuts, coloring, keratin sessions, and diamond hair treatments, which enliven dull, lifeless locks by replacing them with sparkling rubies. Elsewhere, nail techs spruce up fingers and toes with mani-pedis, and massage therapists knead tense muscles in appointments ranging from 30 to 90 minutes. Aestheticians wax unwanted hair from bodies and apply cleansing facials and skin-brightening peels.